New GP2 chassis postponed until 2011?
November 17, 2009 6 Comments
If rumors and comments circulating among GP2 teams are true, the organization is seriously considering delaying the traditional 3-year renewal of the GP2 chassis and engines until 2011 – giving the current configuration a one-year extension. 2010 would bring with it an upgrade package, though I am very curious on how much that could end up costing the teams.
This decision, if true, is a good one – very much aligned with the realities affronting teams today. The obligation to front another €400k or so for new chassis during 2010, plus signing new engine leases, would be a death sentence for some of the less buoyant teams today. GP2 cars are still very much competitive, especially compared to their rival series cars, and a well-designed and effective upgrade package is more than enough to carry the category over for another year.
I also feel this decision is good for other reasons. First, it delays the decision on a new engine partner for another year, hopefully finding a suitable substitute for the ailing Mecachrome. Mercedes or Ferrari sound great… but let’s wait and see what Renault does with its F1 team before fantasizing. And second, it reduces the pressure on what to do with the “old” GP2 Asia cars and the current ones that could substitute them. Hopefully the 2009-2010 season will end up killing GP2 Asia altogether, but without the added pressure of pushing the outgoing chassis, maybe they can make a more sensible decision.
All in all, a step in the right direction, that teams should applaud. Though let’s wait for official confirmation before congratulating Bruno and his team…